The NFL Draft is the best opportunity for teams to build their futures. This year the Chicago Bears are looking to do just that.
The Bears do not need to fill many positions immediately except for offensive line, middle linebacker and tight end. They only have five picks this year so they might look to make some draft day trades to get more picks, but if they do not this is how their draft will go.
The Bears strengthened their offensive line this off-season with the addition of all-pro left tackle Jerome Bushrod, but could still use more help. The rumor is the Bears will take either a guard or tackle with their first round pick. The hope is one of the top five offensive linemen will drop to them, but will probably select former Alabama left tackle D.J Fluker with the 20th overall pick.
The Bears will then hope a top tier middle linebacker falls to them in the second round. LSU’s Kevin Minter, Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o and Kansas State’s Alex Brown are all top middle linebacker prospects, but it is unlikely they will fall to the 50th pick. Look for the Bears to take a chance on Florida’s Jon Bostic. He is tremendous at shedding blocks and getting to the ball carrier, much like the man he might replace, Brian Urlacher.
The last position the Bears need to fill is tight end. They signed Martellus Bennet away from the Giants this off-season and he is an upgrade for the Bears, but they are still looking for a player that causes a match-up problem. If Tyler Eifert for some reason falls to the Bears in the first round they might snatch him up, but that is highly unlikely. The Bears will look to select the best available tight end with their fourth round pick.
With the final two picks in the fifth and sixth rounds the Bears will look to strengthen a couple positions. There is a strong need for a back up quarterback. Right now, the person behind Jay Cutler is Josh McCown, who is not the best option. They could look to draft a quarterback like Arizona’s dual-threat quarterback Matt Scott or Vanderbilt’s Jordan Rodgers. The Bears will then look to stabilize the center position in the sixth round. Roberto Garza has filled the roll nicely, but is aging. Look for the Bear’s to select the best available center.
The first round of the draft starts this Thursday at 7:00 p.m, the second round is on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and the fourth-seventh rounds on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. All rounds can be seen on ESPN.